Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the probable No.1 overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft, turned down the chance to attend the draft in Cleveland and instead has chosen to watch it from Clemson with family members and friends, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
In fact, three of the last five quarterbacks seeking the No 1 position were picked elsewhere on the opening night of the NFL Drafts, including Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield in 2018 and Jameis Winston in 2015.
One year after an outbreak of the coronavirus led to the NFL’s first virtual draft, this year’s draft, April 29-May 1, is expected to involve a select group of prospective players, fans, and media.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick in this year’s draft and Lawrence is expected to be No.1 overall — a choice that would make him the first Clemson player ever to be chosen as the top NFL pick.
Some of Cleveland’s iconic downtown venues, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, FirstEnergy Stadium, and the Great Lakes Science Center are being included in the three-day celebration.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will host the event.